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Purple Love Grass Eragrostis spectabilis

Other Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Eragrostis geyeri
Description

A small, well-behaved ornamental grass.  It prefers well-drained slightly dry soil in the full sun.  Plant in small groups or mass plan in a border, meadow, or native plant garden.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  No serious problems.

 

 

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
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Cultivars / Varieties:
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#cut flowers#low maintenance#mass planting#flower arrangements#grass#dried flowers#airy#naturalizes#borders#small groups#fine details#arrangements#clumping#billowy#native ornamental grass#poor soils tolerant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Eragrostis
    Species:
    spectabilis
    Family:
    Poaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Perennial
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    S. Canada to NE. Mexico
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Native Plant
    Ornamental Grass
    Habit/Form:
    Clumping
    Maintenance:
    Low
    Texture:
    Fine
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Occasionally Dry
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Fruit Type:
    Caryopsis
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    Caryopsis dark brown .8 mm long as the seeds mature they dry and fall off the plant and are blown around by the wind.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Panicle
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Good Cut
    Good Dried
    Showy
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Summer
    Flower Description:
    Messy, loose appearance inflorescence is a panicle. Appears in late summer then appears as reddish-purple clouds and fades to soft brown.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Sheath
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Rosulate
    Leaf Shape:
    Acicular
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    > 6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Dull green hairy on both sides flat, up to 10" long 3/8" wide
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Meadow
    Naturalized Area
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Mass Planting
    Small groups
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Black Walnut
    Drought
    Pollution
    Poor Soil